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The Psychology of Dating and Attraction by Rachel New
Mon, March 27, 2017, 6:30 PM – 9:00 PM BST
We are very lucky to welcome a new speaker "Rachel New". Rachel is a Research Coordinator for a research group in social psychology at the University of Oxford. Good times!
The Psychology of Dating and Attraction
The crazy world of 21st century dating is governed by some interesting psychological processes. If you've ever felt bewildered by the way your dates (or your friends's dates!) behave, or wondered what is going on in the minds of the people you chat with on dating sites, you'll enjoy this talk.
In this interactive talk, Rachel will answer these questions, using the latest research from psychology, sociology and economics. There will be discussions in small groups, and you'll get to speak to everyone in the room with some light-hearted activities. Don't worry, you won't need to reveal any personal details about your dating life ... unless you want to! There will be time for questions and answers and Rachel will use her own personal experiences of dating to illustrate.
· What attracts us to others? Are we attracted to the right people?
· Are there cultural and gender differences in dating that I need to be aware of?
· What happens when we treat dating like shopping?
· What’s the effect of the illusion of too much choice that dating sites create?
· Can the dating site algorithms predict compatibility?
· Why do dates never live up to my expectations when I meet them in real life?
· What kind of messages are successful in online dating?
· What does the future hold for online dating?
Please note: Most of the current research on dating is about heterosexual dating, so this talk may not be so relevant to homosexual daters, although everyone is of course very welcome. A talk on this could be arranged at a future date!
Rachel is a Research Coordinator for a research group in social psychology at the University of Oxford. She is also a Dating Coach in London, and brings together research from social psychology and dating.
You can read her blog here: rachelnewdatingcoach.wordpress.com
What people have said about Rachel's talks:
“Rachel’s dating workshop is a fun, fabulous and flirty event. She’s a great host, delivering her hard won, smart insights into the dating scene in a truly warm and engaging way and always with a twinkle in her eye. Planning and execution were excellent. She devised activities that were highly effective in getting us all to share ideas and experiences. Witty, acerbic and never shy of making the odd controversial comment on the baffling world of internet dating, Rachel seemed an old hand.”
“Really useful for learning how to navigate the modern dating scene.”
“Great fun yesterday, lovely men, gorgeous women, interesting and fun workshop. What’s not to like?”
“Well thought out and entertaining workshop.”
“Really brilliant. I really enjoyed it.”
“Comprehensive and practical advice.”
“Rachel presents very well and is very funny!”